GB Sound buys South Africa’s first dLive
SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town-based events company, GB Sound, has purchased the first Allen & Heath dLive S5000 to be sold in the country. The sale of the surface and DM64 mix rack was made through the manufacturer’s local distributor, Audiosure, following a product demonstration at Mediatech 2015.
‘When the range was first released, I was immediately intrigued. As an avid fan of Allen & Heath and owner of many of their digital desks, I was keen to see what this range had to offer,’ said GB Sound owner, Grant Brooks. ‘I was instantly taken with the desk’s look – it’s spectacular. The layout, the screens, the work surface and overall design are just at a different level. Just from that, I knew I had to have one! I then proceeded to research the capabilities and specification and quickly realised that this was a serious piece of gear which I could use to take my company forward. While researching, I saw that there would be a prototype model at Mediatech 2015, and that one of the designers and product specialists, Leon Phillips, from Allen & Heath would be there. I spent some time on the Audiosure stand with their team, Leon and the unit at the show. I was further convinced beyond doubt that this was my next major purchase. In fact, I would have taken that unit if not for the fact it was a prototype, and I put in my order.’
The new desk has already been put to use by GB Sound on a high-profile event. ‘It was a huge fashion show for 10,000 people with bands, DJs, MCs and of course it handled it like a dream,’ enthused Mr Brooks. ‘On my Martin Audio sound system, the desk just idles because of the massive headroom, and as I said before, it just sounds great with very little effort.’
While the desk has only been out on this event so far, the GB Sound owner has already found some beneficial features on his latest purchase. ‘My first notable favourite was definitely the screens. We’ve battled a little in the past when in broad daylight to see some screens, but there’s none of that on the dLive. The two big high resolution screens are bright enough and angled in a way that works in even direct sun. On that note, at night, using the customisable LED lighting, it looks pretty amazing too,’ he revealed. ‘Another feature that I appreciated early on is the new 96kHz audio processing, as opposed to the 48kHz I’ve enjoyed so far. The difference is immediately noticeable and substantial. I also love the way you can use the rotaries or the sliders to manage aux mixes, it makes complex routings far easier to manage. Lastly, something which carries through in all the Allen & Heath digital desks I own and is not omitted in the dLive at all, is the easy, intuitive and practical navigation of all the controls. Once you get your head around A&H navigation logic it just makes perfect sense to do it that way – and you just can’t go back to anything else once you get it.’
The company already has a range of A&H desks in its inventory and Mr Brooks is pleased to add another console to that list. ‘When I find something that works, and works well, and is backed by a great company like Audiosure who have brilliant team who are always willing to help, then I know I have a good thing going. I do enjoy their desks – I have at least one from every series now,’ he explained. ‘We do a lot of band and large event work and clients have come to expect a certain quality from us, in fact many of the bands have adjusted their tech riders to include gear I use because they enjoy the sound they get.
‘The people at Allen & Heath, and locally at Audiosure really go the extra mile to ensure I’m looked after. I know I can count on them for support, info, or a good deal when I need it,’ concluded Mr Brooks.